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High Schools: Bishop Brady girls shut down visiting Raymond, 59-18

  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball freshman guard Riley Bennett tries to free herself up for a shot during Bishop Brady's victory over Raymond in Concord on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady girls' basketball freshman guard Riley Bennett tries to free herself up for a shot during Bishop Brady's victory over Raymond in Concord on Tuesday December 10, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady's varsity girls' basketball huddles up outside their locker room before gametime against Raymond in Concord on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady's varsity girls' basketball huddles up outside their locker room before gametime against Raymond in Concord on Tuesday December 10, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady freshman guard Riley Bennett makes a pass in the fourth quarter of Bishop Brady's victory over Raymond in Concord on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady freshman guard Riley Bennett makes a pass in the fourth quarter of Bishop Brady's victory over Raymond in Concord on Tuesday December 10, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball freshman guard Riley Bennett tries to free herself up for a shot during Bishop Brady's victory over Raymond in Concord on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady's varsity girls' basketball huddles up outside their locker room before gametime against Raymond in Concord on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady freshman guard Riley Bennett makes a pass in the fourth quarter of Bishop Brady's victory over Raymond in Concord on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady girls' basketball hosts Raymond on Tuesday December 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

For the second time in as many games, the Bishop Brady girls’ basketball team was in a defensive battle last night. But unlike the Green Giants’ narrow 39-35 victory over Division III rival Bow in their opener, this defensive battle was a lopsided one, as Bishop Brady (2-0) shut out visiting Raymond (1-1) in the first and third quarters in a decisive 59-18 victory.

Brady started the game by taking a 26-0 lead after the opening quarter en route to a 39-12 halftime lead. An 8-0 third quarter put the Green Giants ahead 47-12 heading into the final frame.

Although the offense scored 20 more points than it did in the season-opening contest and put 26 points on the board in the first eight minutes, Coach Aaron Brochu was quick to credit the defense for controlling the game.

“We had a great effort on the defensive side of the ball,” Brochu said. “The defense forced so many turnovers we were able to get easy layups and fast breaks. We played good transition basketball.”

Forward Melissa Mallahan had a double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds), while guards Riselly Deoleo (eight points, six steals) and freshman Riley Bennett (eight points) also contributed to an “overall great effort defensively.” Junior guard Sarah Thomas was the leading scorer with 17 points.

“We’re learning how to contain the ball. Not being overly aggressive, not letting anybody penetrate the paint,” said Brochu, adding that a “team defense” concept and increased communication on the court were also factors in shutting down the Rams.

Brochu also noted offensive improvements between the first game and last night’s matchup.

“We were a little more patient on offense,” he said. “In the Bow game we were trying to shoot in the first five seconds of possession. Tonight we were patient and waited for lanes to open up.”

Despite the improvements, the Green Giants will be tested when they face local rival Hopkinton on the road next Tuesday. The Hawks are also undefeated, winning a tightly contested game against Franklin, 47-41, before breezing by Hillsboro-Deering, 58-26, last night.

“We’re going to have to control the tempo of the game,” Brochu said. “They are a team that likes to run.”

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Franklin 66, Belmont 63

Both teams played hard, but Franklin took advantage of some Belmont foul trouble with a 12-0 run in the second quarter as the Golden Tornadoes (1-1) won an otherwise even matchup at home. The Red Raiders (1-1) held a slim 16-15 lead after the first quarter, but following Franklin’s run, the Tornadoes led 38-33 at halftime and 54-47 after the third quarter.

Four Golden Tornadoes reached double figures, with Kaley Shepherd (18 points), Lexie Colpack (18 points), Kelsey Bird (12 points) and Kat Styles (11 points) leading the winners.

Cassie Contigiani (17 points) and freshman Shannon Davies (16 points) led Belmont’s scorers, while Chayleigh Cadarette (13 points, eight rebounds) controlled the boards.

Hopkinton 58, Hillsboro-Deering 26

The Hawks showed playoff form in their second game of the season, opening a 22-2 first-quarter lead and cruising to the win at home.

“We came out and played our ‘A’ game, right off the bat,” Coach Dave Hughes said. “Everything we did, we did right.”

Sabrey Montore led the team with 12 points, and Maddie Clark added 10. Callie Chase, Sarah Ewing and Hannah Hughes added six points apiece for Hopkinton (2-0), which got points from all 11 players.

The Hillcats (0-2) pulled themselves together to play a competitive second half, and outscored the Hawks 13-10 in the final quarter. Hannah Pepper led the offense with nine points, and MaryGrace Bartoldus added seven for the visitors.

Bow 52, Sanborn 14

The Falcons (1-1) recovered from their season-opening loss with a decisive win at home over Sanborn (0-2).

Freshman Taylor Darrell paced the Falcons with 10 points and six steals. Ashlie Tucker had a solid game with nine points, three steals and three assists. Sam Lulka contributed eight points. The Falcons distributed the ball, with 10 players scoring in the victory.

Mascoma 48, Kearsarge 43

Kearsarge (1-1) continued its competitive season, falling to a taller and more experienced Mascoma (2-0) squad. The Cougars trailed 12-9 after the first quarter and 22-15 at halftime before outscoring the Royals in the third quarter and playing them even in the final frame.

Mascoma held a four- to eight-point lead for most of the game, but a final offensive surge by the Cougars, led by Anna Cahill (19 points, five 3-pointers), brought the score to 44-43 with a minute to go. The Cougars, however, committed a pair of costly turnovers and the Royals drained the resulting free throws.

“It’s good to be in these games,” said Coach Kurt McCandless, adding that it was an “all-around team effort on both ends.”

Eight Cougars found the scoring column.

Laconia 48, Winnisquam 45

The Bears (1-1) didn’t quit despite a tough start that saw them trailing 15-5 after the first quarter, even grabbing a 34-30 advantage after three before the Sachems took the lead for good in the final quarter.

Hannah Chapin had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Winnisquam, and Dallis Austin (10 points) also cracked double figures while adding three rebounds. Rachel Willcutt added eight points, and Kendra Lonergan also played well for the Bears.

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Kaley Shepherd, Franklin girls’ basketball, 18 points in win Melissa Mallahan, Brady girls’ basketball, 12 points, 13 rebounds in win Sarah Thomas, Brady girls’ basketball, 17 points in win Cassie Contigiani, Belmont girls’ basketball, 17 points Anna Cahill, Kearsarge girls’ basketball, 19 points, 5 3s … 0

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